Sesame Street and Autism

As a speech language pathologist for over 15 years, I love finding resources for other children to learn about various disabilities. Since I was a graduate student, I always gravitated towards working with individuals with Autism. Learning about Autism has been a fascinating journey and that I continue with throughout my career. The learning never … [Read more...]

Social Thinking…product reviews plus a link to attend a conference…

As a speech language pathologist, I treat many children and adults with social cognitive learning challenges. Many individuals with varying diagnoses struggle with pragmatic language skills that impact their ability to build strong relationships with their peers and interact with others in their environment. Diagnoses such as Autism, genetic … [Read more...]

Kimochis….Social and Emotional Learning

What are Kimochis? Kimochi means "feeling" in Japanese. I participated in a wonderful workshop given by a fellow speech language pathologist, Ellen Dodge regarding social emotional intelligence and competence. I wasn't sure what to expect when I took this conference for continuing education credit. Within ten minutes of being at the workshop, I was … [Read more...]

Gravitybread Presents Geraldine Moran

Have you ever wondered how to create your own app? How about your own therapy app? I asked Geraldine Moran, a fellow speech language pathologist some questions about how she created her app, Actions in Video and any plans for the future!  To see my review of Actions in Video, click here. To check out Actions in Video website, click … [Read more...]

Actions In Video

Do you have a child with special needs that struggles with language and building sentences for functional speech? Is your child minimally verbal or have problems with syntax? I wanted to share an excellent app that I have found to be very useful in therapy called Actions in Video. This app was created by speech therapist named Geraldine Moran … [Read more...]

iPrompts Pro, A Review

Do you have a child with special needs? Are you looking for an app to create social stories? Are you also looking for an app with visual supports and videos that can model appropriate social behavior? What is a social story? From my perspective, I would define a social story as  a story or script that you create in order to model a certain … [Read more...]

Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame

Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame is a free app created by Sesame Workshop that can help a young child (appropriate for ages 2 to 5) learn how to breathe, calm down and work through stressful everyday challenges. In one situation, Little Monster has trouble putting on his shoes. He is getting very frustrated. What should he do to work through his … [Read more...]

Story Smart 2: Casey’s Big Day

Casey's Big Day is another innovative app from Ruby Cube Inc. See my last review for Trudy Goes to the Beach. Casey has anxiety about his first day of 5th grade. As the player, your child will help get Casey successfully through the day. As your child chooses the correct responses, the visuals change to reflect your answer. This app is optimal … [Read more...]

Story Smart Book1: Trudy Goes to the Beach

Story Smart Books ($3.99) by Ruby Cube Inc has created wonderful story apps to help improve language skills, reading comprehension, social skills, narrative skills and literacy. They are targeted for children with autism, ADHD and other social challenges who are literate but can be also used for children who are typical as well.  However, if your … [Read more...]

Kid in Story Book Maker

Do you want to help build your child's narrative and sequencing skills? Try this app, "Kid In Story" ($6.99). It is a great app to help build your child's ability to create and retell stories. This app is  super easy to create stories and is very child friendly (and parent friendly)! The next time you are making a fun dessert or engaging in a fun … [Read more...]

i.. Get Cooking Vocabulary….

i...Get..Cooking Vocabulary and Create Recipe Photo Sequencing Books App ($4.99) is an educational app that can help improve life skills within the kitchen. The vocabulary photo books include; cooking supplies, cooking actions and kitchen appliances which offer many teaching opportunities for speech and language development. It also comes with a … [Read more...]

Making Sequences

Does your child need help with her or his sequencing skills? Making Sequences ($4.99) is a  simple educational app to use for practicing sequencing and narrative skills. I also use this app for assessment and therapy with both children and young adults. I love this app because it is super easy to modify and add your own sequences. When cooking with … [Read more...]

Eating Safely

I discovered this app, Eating Safely a couple of weeks ago when searching for a functional app to help teach safety in the kitchen. This life skills app helps guide children through step by step instructions in preparing meals and using appliances in the kitchen safely. Since my little one loves to "help" with the dishwasher, I reviewed the steps … [Read more...]

I See-quence…The Grocery Store

Do you ever have difficulty bringing your child to the supermarket? I See-quence....The Grocery Story ($2.99) by igetitapp.com is a functional and educational app that can help children and adolescents understand the process of visiting the grocery store while making it an enriching and productive experience.   Most children go to the grocery store … [Read more...]

VisualList

VisualList (free or upgrade to 99 cents) is a very useful and excellent app to have on your iPhone, iTouch or iPad. It can be used in many different ways and for a variety of functions. I set up a grocery list with pictures of the items that I needed (you can either get the images online or take the photo yourself). When I arrived at the … [Read more...]